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(1956)

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Though hers is the central character in the story, Grace Kelly does not sing a solo. Indeed, but for accompanying Bing Crosby on "True Love" and drunkenly shouting, "Sensational," she wouldn't sing at all (rare for a musical).
Grace Kelly's last feature film before retiring from acting.
The song True Love, written by Cole Porter especially for the movie, was a million seller and both Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby were awarded platinum records for the song. This is the only platinum record ever given to sitting royalty as Grace Kelly had become Princess Grace by the time it was awarded.
Grace Kelly, recently engaged to Prince Rainier of Monaco, wore her actual engagement ring for her character's engagement ring. The engagement ring is a 10.5-carat, emerald-cut, diamond flanked by two baguettes.
The song "Well, Did You Evah?" (from a previous Cole Porter musical) was added at the last minute when it was realized that there wasn't a song for Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to sing together.
Louis Calhern died in Japan just after making this film. He was on the set of The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) but died early in the filming. His role was recast, making High Society (1956) his last screen appearance.
Musical adaptation of the play and movie The Philadelphia Story (1940).
The house used for the exterior of Dexter's mansion was later bought by "Sunny" von Bülow and her husband Klaus. It was here she fell into the coma from which she has never recovered.
Cole Porter's, "Well, Did You Evah", sung here by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, was originally performed by (film's director) Charles Walters and Betty Grable in the 1939 Broadway musical "DuBarry Was A Lady".
High Society (1955), a "Bowery Boys" comedy that had been released the previous year, was mistakenly nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Writing - Original Story" in 1957, because the Academy confused it with this film, which was still in wide release when the 1957 nominations were announced. When the mistake was discovered, Edward Bernds and Elwood Ullman, the two screenwriters of the "Bowery Boys" film, graciously declined the nomination.
Elizabeth Taylor was the first choice for the part of Tracy Lord. She was unavailable so the part went to Grace Kelly.
Footage of Louis Armstrong from the film was later colorized and digitally inserted into a Diet Coke commercial, to make it seem that Armstrong was "peforming" with Elton John.
Features the song Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? which gave the successful TV quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999) its title.
The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Celeste Holm; and one Oscar nominee: Louis Calhern.
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It is believed that Frank Sinatra's brand new car, a 1956 Continental Mark II (now a very rare item as only 4,000 were ever made and sold) was used in some brief shots in the film released July, 1956. Actor Louis Calhern is seen exiting the car while being greeted by Grace Kelly. Records show the car being delivered to Sinatra December, 1955 so it seems a good bet that it is indeed the one in the film.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
Average Shot Length (ASL) = 14 seconds
The musical based on the movie was performed at the St. James Theater (New York City) opening on April 27, 1998 and ran for 144 performances.
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In the library "Did You Evah" sequence, Dexter is reading 'Touring Topics'. This was the Automobile Club's member magazine before it became 'Westways' in 1934.
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In a number of scenes, the nail on Crosby's right index finger is blackened, apparently the result of an injury to his finger which he suffered during production.
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At one point Tracy's mother (Margalo Gillmore) mentions that Dexter (Bing Crosby) and Tracy (Grace Kelly) grew up together. This is interesting and highly unlikely, as Bing is 26 years older than Grace. However, the phrase "grew up together" means more that they gained experience due to this being their first marriage. In this context, one can surmise that they went into this marriage lacking in maturity.
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A different lion was used for the opening MGM Logal
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